|when:||September 28th - October 13rd, 2017|
|address:||1181 Seymour Street|
Canada V6B 3M7
|deadline:||June 9th, 2017|
|entry form:||Submissions at Withoutabox|
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
A socially conscious not-for-profit arts organization, VIFF’s mandate is “to encourage the understanding of other nations through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia and Canada”.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Founded in 1982, the Vancouver International Film Festival has long been established as of one of the largest and most successful film festivals in North America, both in terms of audience attendance (approximately 150,000 for each of the last 10 years) and the number of films shown (approximately 380.)
International Narrative Features
We welcome submissions of quality feature-length films from outside of Canada that have been produced within the previous year and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. Relevant series: "Cinema of Our Time", representing the most innovative and exciting cinematic developments from around the globe; "Dragons & Tigers: The Cinemas of East Asia", the largest annual exhibition of films from East Asia in North America. First or second films from Asia are eligible for the “Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema” (cash prize). All features screened at VIFF are eligible for the “Rogers People's Choice Award for the Most Popular Film”.
International Nonfiction Features
Open to nonfiction films from outside of Canada produced within the previous year and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. Relevant series: “Nonfiction Features”, the largest annual showcase of documentary and essay films within a general festival context. Each year, over 100 nonfiction feature-length nonfiction films play to 50,000 people. Special sub-strands include the particularly cinematic films on the environment, and the popular "Arts and Letters" series which celebrates the visual and performing arts. Films are eligible for audience awards.
Open to short films in all genres produced outside of Canada within the previous year and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF.
Canadian Features / Documentaries
Open to feature-length films of all genres produced in Canada after June 1, and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. Our “Canadian Images” series is large and exceptionally well attended. Films in this category are eligible for a variety of adjudicated and audience awards, including a $20,000 cash prize for the Director of the Best Canadian Feature Film (open to narrative features).
Open to short films in all genres produced in Canada and not publicly screened or broadcast in the Vancouver area prior to VIFF. These films are eligible for a $2,000 cash prize for “Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film Award”.